Case Study – My Patient’s Dying

Case Study – My Patient’s Dying

I had never seen it before. I had no experience on which to base my unsettling suspicions. And yet, it was unmistakable. My patient, Ms. P, was dying right in front of me, and I was a third-year medical student.

She told me “I just don’t want to be alone.”

Who is responsible for ensuring that Ms. P’s dying wishes are fulfilled to the degree possible?

For what and to whom is this third-year medical student responsible? What is owed the patient by a medical student?